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Don't cross laxman rekha: PM Modi's stern advice to BJP MPs
FnF Correspondent , Dec 16, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all BJP parliamentarians not to cross 'laxman rekha' while airing their views, in a fallout of the recent controversial remarks made by Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Sakshi Maharaj. At the BJP parliamentary board meeting held this morning, PM Modi strictly advised BJP MPs not to cross 'laxman rekha' in their remarks and instead focus on development. ....
Rahul Gandhi confident of Congress retaining power in Kerala
FnF Correspondent , Dec 10, 2014
There is "a sense of confidence" in the Congress party in Kerala that it can retain power in the next assembly polls, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday. Aaddressing party leaders at the state party headquarters here, Gandhi expressed confidence that his party can do well both in the next year's elections to the local bodies and the state assembly polls in 2016. ....
Aam Aadmi's khaas journey, Arvind Kejriwal flies business class to Dubai
FnF Correspondent , Dec 05, 2014
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday flew business class to Dubai, drawing severe criticism from the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The AAP has come strongly defended its convenor saying that the business class tickets were provided by the organisers. Kejriwal flew to Dubai to attend a felicitation event where he will receive the award for Asia's most inspiring and young social change maker at the World Brands Summit.He will also address the Abu Dhabi chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). ....
Janata Parivaar unites to take on Narendra Modi-led BJP
FnF Correspondent , Dec 04, 2014
The 'Janata Parivar' is coming together to counter the Modi juggernaut. The Samajwadi Party, JD(U), JD(S) and RJD , Thursday, decided to put up a united front and eventually merge into a single party. The decision was announced by JD(U) leader and former Bihar CM Nitish Kumar after leaders from the parties held a marathon meeting at SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence in the capital. ....
Congress appoints new office bearers in Rajasthan unit
FnF Correspondent , Nov 30, 2014
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved new list of office bearers and executive committee of the party's Rajasthan unit, while retaining Sachin Pilot as chief, a party statement said. The old committee was dissolved by the party leadership on Nov 27 soon after the Congress suffered one of its worst defeats in civic polls. ....
Rahul Gandhi to educate Patna youth about Congress' legacy, policies
FnF Correspondent , Nov 23, 2014
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will spearhead the Samajik Sadbhav (social harmony) march here on Sunday with an aim to educate youth about the decades old legacy and policies of his party. The Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president, Ashok Choudhary, had earlier said that the aim of the march is to reach a large number of youth and educate them about the secular and democratic legacy of Congress. ....
Modi in Kashmir, heavy security in Kishtwar for BJP rally
FnF Correspondent , Nov 22, 2014
Multi-tier security cover has been put in place in Kishtwar town ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to address a public rally in the poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir. ....
Top Congress leaders upset over not being invited to conference on Nehru: Reports
FnF Correspondent , Nov 21, 2014
The Congress party, after suffering a rout in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, appeared to be in disarray. Now, the recent international conference to mark former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's 125th birth anniversary has brought forth the split wide open. Reports said several senior party leaders are upset at not being invited for the event. ....
For Congress and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bhaderwah will be a Kurekshetra
FnF Desk , Nov 20, 2014
This breathtakingly beautiful mountainous assembly constituency of the Jammu region has often been called 'Chota Kashmir' for its geographic, cultural and religious affinity with the Kashmir Valley. If Ganderbal in the valley has been the political bastion of the Abdullahs and the ruling National Conference, Bhaderwah has been so for the Congress and its leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. ....
Congress forms shadow cabinet panels after denial of LoP status
FnF Correspondent , Nov 07, 2014
Unfazed by denial of the Leader of the Opposition status in Lok Sabha, Congress has formed several Shadow Cabinet committees along with Twitter handles as part of moves to be an effective opposition. Seven Shadow Cabinet committees have been formed ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament beginning Nov 24 to keep a watch on decisions and policies of key ministries of the Narendra Modi government, a senior party leader said today. ....
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Hindutva upsurge will tar Modi's image
Amulya Ganguly , Dec 13, 2014
The first phase of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) politics was marked by the targeting of mosques and churches. After the advent of Narendra Modi, the scene has become quieter. In fact, the Ram temple issue has been put on hold and even the fulminations against "love jihad", the supposedly sinister plan of Muslim youths to marry Hindu girls, have faded away, at least for the time being. ....
India: Towards a One Party Rule
Uday Dandavate , Nov 14, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shri Amit Shah are going about systematically bulldozing their way with a singular objective of establishing a clear line of command both at the center and in the states. The process is strategic, and ruthless. ....
Delhi poll: BJP's non-performing winning candidates may face the axe
Rahul Vaishnavi , Nov 09, 2014
In no mood to lose ground to the AAP ahead of the Delhi assembly elections, the BJP is likely to replace around 10 of its "non-performing" candidates who had won the December 2013 poll but who lagged in spending their constituency development funds. According to a party source, an internal report on the performance of the 29 MLAs, including the lone Akali Dal candidate, ....
Is there any hope for Congress?
Amulya Ganguly , Nov 08, 2014
The Congress high command, which means the mother-and-son duo of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, is mistaken if it believes that the deep nervousness among Congressmen about the party's bleak future can be dispelled by a token offer of resignation by the two and a clean chit for themselves which they secured from a servile acolyte, A.K. Antony, in a report about the election debacle. ....
Congress in self-destruct mode
Amulya Ganguli , Oct 18, 2014
Perhaps the awareness about the irredeemable nature of the Congress's political fortune persuaded Prithviraj Chavan to let the cat out of the bag. By confessing, however, that he was powerless as the Maharashtra chief minister to probe the allegations of corruption against influential party members like Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan, ....
How the Congress lost the Indian diaspora, and BJP gains
Ramachandra Guha , Sep 28, 2014
There are two notable differences, however. First, unlike the BJP today, the pre-Independence Congress was not the recipient of large amounts of funds from overseas. Second, the NRI nationalists of the colonial era sought to represent all Indians regardless of religion or ethnicity. ....
Internal tensions: It can get worse for Congress
Amulya Ganguli , Sep 06, 2014
The Congress High Command, which is a pseudonym for party president Sonia Gandhi, must have realized by now that securing a clean chit for the mother-and-son duo in a report on the poll debacle by a servile loyalist will not put an end to constant carping by party members. ....
Bring out the by-poll laddoos: Is the Congress revival finally here?
Sanjeev Singh , Aug 26, 2014
As the results of by-polls started coming in on Monday, the smiles finally found their way back to the faces of senior Congress leaders and their allies. The results have given the Congress the feeling that not all is lost for it yet and there are openings for it to crawl back into political relevance. The BJP, which appeared invincible under Narendra Modi, has suddenly started looking vulnerable. ....
To each his own: Modus vivendi between Modi and RSS?
Amulya Ganguly , Aug 23, 2014
Although the assertions of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat about India being a Hindu nation and that all its citizens are Hindus in a cultural sense have long been among the basic tenets of the Hindu nationalist outfit, the reiteration of these old postulates undoubtedly has something to do with the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) assumption of power at the centre. ....
Modi sends Advani, BJP old guard into exile
Amulya Ganguly , Aug 02, 2014
In the Hindu way of life, old age entails exile from home and hearth. As the Manu Smriti says, when a man sees "his skin wrinkled and his hair gray and when he sees the son of his son, then he should resort to the forest". ....
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